Mario Garcia American, b. 1927

Overview

Mario Garcia was a sculptor and painter born in 1927 and active in the New York area. From 1945-1949 Garcia attended the École des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland. From 1950 1959 Garcia lived in a red barn in the Hamptons, Long Island that belonged to Barney Rossett, the husband of the artist Joan Mitchell. As a result of their close proximity Garcia became intimately acquainted with Abstract Expressionism through Mitchell and thus became a part of what is referred to as the "second generation" or "second wave" of Abstract Expressionist artists along with Grace Hartigan, Michael Goldberg, and Al Leslie - all of whom more or less built on the work of the master Willem de Kooning. Precious little else is known about the life of Mario Garcia.  

Exhibitions

1957           Galerie Entracte, Lausanne 
1958           Stable Gallery, New York; Martha Jackson Gallery, Provincetown, MA 
1959           Galerie Entracte, Lausanne; "Antagonism" Vienna Kunsthalle; Antagonism" Musée des Arts Decoratifs du Louvre, Paris 
1960           Galerie Smith, 
1961           Signa Gallery, East Hampton, Long Island 
1962           Stable Gallery, New York; "Assemblages" Museum of Modern Art
1963           Galleria Schwartz, Milan

Museums and Public Collections

Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland 
Chrysler Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts 
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

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